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The purpose of this section is to depict the many "shades" of Franklin -- his diversity and interest in many varied projects. He continues in the printing business, specializing in the minting of money. He also goes into partnership with printers in other locations, which proves to be a very successful business venture for him. Franklin also continues to define his religious faith and seeks to find a preacher that can really challenge and instruct him, as evidenced in his relationships with Hemphill and Whitfield. The Junto Club remains important to his life, for it is a place where he can study and be challenged by other probing minds. In his effort to continue his education, he learns French, Italian, and Spanish. He also becomes a public servant, serving as the clerk of the General Assembly. As a writer, he also turns his interest to public services, and his essays about the need for fire fighting and regulations for the City Watch bring about the needed changes.
Franklin's generosity is also noted in this section. He tries to make amends with his brother James, and after his death, he takes care of James' son and helps his wife run the family printing business. He is also generous with causes in which he believes. Not a man to attend church on a regular basis, Franklin is impressed with the oratory powers of a minister named Whitfield and begins attending his sermons. He also contributes to the building of a large non- denominational church where Whitfield can preach and supports a fund for an orphan home in Georgia that Whitfield has proposed. Franklin always yields to causes that he thinks are good and worthy.